Sarah Lancashire is probably still best remembered for her role as Raquel Watts in Coronation Street which she played for 5 years from 1991-1996, reappearing for one last episode in 1999.
Since leaving Coronation Street she has worked in a number of high profile series playing Ruth Goddard in the ITV1 drama series Where The Heart Is and the BBC sitcom Murder Most Horrid which also starred comedienne Dawn French.
She recorded the BBC Radio 4 legal sitcom Chambers which later moved on to television and in 2000 starred in the drama Seeing Red, portraying actress Coral Atkins who founded a care home for children. She won two British television industry awards for her performance.
In 2001 she starred in the BBC drama series Clocking Off which won her the Best Actress award at the Television and Radio Industry Club Awards. In 2002 she played the role of Meg Bartlet in the psychological thriller The Cry.
More recently she has been doing some very gritty dramas portraying Angela Cannings, a British woman who was convicted of killing her two baby sons but was released when medical evidence given at her trial was deemed dubious.
She has recently appeared in two series of the ITV1 drama series Rose and Maloney, the BBC comedy drama Angel Cake, Mary Miles in the E4 teen Comedy/Drama Skins, Partners in Crime and the opening episode of the 2008 series of Doctor Who. She also narrates the BBC drama series Lark Rise to Candleford.
Lancashire recently starred in All the Small Things alongside Neil Pearson and Richard Fleeshman and earlier this year she played the mother of murdered prostitute in the BBC Drama Five Daughters
Her musical theatre credits include playing Miss Adelaide in the Donmar Warehouse production of Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre.
She has recently appeared opposite Reece Shearsmith in the new Cameron Mackintosh musical Betty Blue Eyes at the Novello Theatre. It is based on Alan Bennett's film A Private Function when her part was played by Maggie Smith.